SDAF | CELEBRATE THE ARTS IN SEATTLE
Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair (SDAF)
Opening August 5, 2021
Back by popular demand, the Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair returns for the month of August, celebrating the resilience of visual arts in Seattle with over 40 galleries, art institutions and non-profit organizations participating in this month-long event. Last year’s community-driven efforts drew the attention of over 13,000 unique website visitors and brought crowds safely back into the galleries to view artwork over the course of the month. Through the collaborative efforts of the gallery community, the SDAF returns, continuing with the hybrid format of online and in-person exhibitions, with an added calendar of in-person events.
With the aim of raising awareness of the existing vibrant arts and culture available in the greater Seattle region, SDAF celebrates the re-opening and recovery of our neighborhoods. The strength of the visual arts community is evident, as not a single art gallery has closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Foster/White Gallery’s selection of works from Will Robinson and Tom Burrows celebrates our emergence from the pandemic by creating a visual landscape imbued with a newfound appreciation of life, compassion, communal strength, and fortitude so fundamental to the human experience.
Read an article about the 2021 Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair here.
Art enthusiasts and collectors are invited to view all SDAF exhibitions online at www.seattledeconstructedartfair.com, and in person at individual gallery locations. Check out the consolidated calendar of events – featuring in person exhibition openings, artist meet & greets, as well as an online map of all the participating galleries.
The Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair runs online and in person from August 5 – 31, 2021. A First Thursday Kick-off event is planned for August 5, 2021 from 6 - 8 pm in Pioneer Square and Downtown, marking the official return of the First Thursday Artwalk after a 16 month hiatus.
Will Robinson, Crescendo, basalt, 47 x 20.5 x 34 inches
Will Robinson | Tapestry
SDAF Feature | August 5 - 21, 2021
Achieving warmth and softness with unforgiving stone, Will Robinson breathes life into each of his pieces, revealing the innate qualities of the natural medium he works with. His sculptures are as much about discovery as they are reflections of the artist’s intuition.
Finding boulders and slabs across the Pacific Northwest is the beginning of his artistic process. From the exterior it is often impossible to determine the characteristics and mineral properties within each stone. It is only after he has begun to carve through each piece that he discovers intricacies and attributes to highlight through sculptural form. Within his newest body of work, Robinson weaves a diverse array of sculptures together through the common thread of his pursuit of beauty.
Will Robinson, Mahogany Flame, red granite, 18 x 19 x 10 inches
Will Robinson studied History at the University of Washington. His work has been shown across North America, including at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT; SOFA Exposition, Chicago, IL; Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON, and around the Pacific Northwest. His sculptures were selected by jury for exhibitions such as the City of Woodinville’s Juried Invitational Exhibition, Woodinville, WA and the Bainbridge Island Invitational Classic for the Arts, Bainbridge Island, WA. Robinson’s sculptures have been selected for numerous public art collections and site-specific sculpture commissions such as for Swedish Medical Center, Issaquah, WA; the Las Vegas Cleveland Clinic designed by Frank Gehry, Las Vegas, NV, and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Memorial Plaza, Bremerton, WA. His work has also been included in dozens of corporate and private collections across North America.
To learn more about Will Robinson and to see available artworks please visit his page.
Tom Burrows, Jedidiah Island, polymer resin, 24 x 24 inches
Tom Burrows | New Works
SDAF Feature | August 5 - 21, 2021
Tom Burrows’ resin pieces are laboriously created through a unique and highly variable process. Burrows’ artistic career has included a myriad of explorations in sculptural materials, ranging from performative, site-specific installation work to two-dimensional pieces. Often with an element of research focused on social issues such as homelessness and housing, he has been a significant part of the arts community of British Columbia since the early 1960s.
The works in this exhibition reflect light, bouncing it between the walls of each hollow form and illuminating the natural tendencies of his materials. Vibrant pigmentation causes each piece to possess a seemingly effulgent presence, each transmitting fields of color and allowing for meditative encounters.
Says Burrows "It’s difficult to impossible for me to verbally zero in on my work, which is essentially non-narrative. I can attempt to describe the factors that circle it. Possibly it is zero, a circle with an empty center. My role as an artist is to construct a set of parameters within which media such as pigmented polyester or glazed porcelain self-generate image, parameters akin to the climatic conditions that allow ice crystals to form snowflakes. I do try to avoid gesture. Any emotional or narrative content is imposed by the viewer anthropomorphizing the medium. The medium is the message. It glows with an inner luminance, a trace to the Chauvet Cave."
Tom Burrows, Gomer Island, polymer resin, 48 x 48 inches
Tom Burrows has a BA in Art History from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, and studied Sculpture at St. Martin’s College, London, UK. He has shown his work internationally, at galleries across North America, and at places like the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France, and Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC. Burrows has been selected to do a number of commissions, and his work is part of collections including that of the Canadian Embassy to Japan in Tokyo, Government of Ontario Art Collection, the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC and Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON among others.
To learn more about Tom Burrows and to see available works please visit his page.